Assistant U.S. Attorney

Marquette, MI with an initial period of training for up to nine months in the Grand Rapids office prior to assignment to Marquette
1930 U.S. 41 West
Marquette, MI 49855
United States
19-AUSA01- MIW
About the Office: 

The Western District of Michigan includes the western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and all of the Upper Peninsula, a total of more than 35,000 square miles with a population in excess of 3.5 million. The U.S. Attorney's Office has approximately 42 Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs), most of whom are located in the main office in Grand Rapids. Three AUSAs work in a branch office in Marquette, in the Upper Peninsula. Trial court proceedings take place in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Marquette. With rare exception, cases brought by attorneys in the Marquette office will be heard in the Marquette courthouse. Appellate court proceedings take place in Cincinnati, Ohio.

AUSAs conduct most of the litigation in the Western District of Michigan federal courts in which the United States is a party. Their job is to assist the U.S. Attorney in carrying out three statutory responsibilities under Title 28, Section 547 of the United States Code: the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the Federal government; the prosecution and defense of civil cases in which the United States is a party; and the collection of debts owed the Federal government which are administratively uncollectible. Although caseloads vary among AUSAs, the office as a whole handles every type of case including a mixture of simple and complex litigation.

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Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 

There will be an initial period of training for up to nine months in the Grand Rapids office prior to assignment to Marquette. Some work out of the Marquette office during this period may be authorized, depending on the circumstances. 

The district is soliciting applications for a Criminal Division Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) position in the Marquette, Michigan office. Candidates should be capable of handling the prosecution of all manner of federal crimes, including in particular drug, firearm, violent crime, child exploitation, immigration and fraud offenses, as well as the pursuit of asset forfeiture claims. Western District of Michigan Criminal Division AUSAs are responsible for substantial legal research and writing at the trial and appellate levels as well as on collateral review.



Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year of post-J.D legal or other relevant experience. United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following qualities.

--Intelligence and aptitude, measured by professional experience/growth potential, academic record, the writing sample and any interview performance.

--Commitment to excellence, strong work ethic and drive, as may be demonstrated through successful team work, leadership, obstacles overcome and personal, academic and professional achievement.

--Sound judgment and good character.

--Balance, both professionally and personally, in terms of interests and abilities.

--Desire to work as a Criminal Division AUSA in the Marquette office in the Western District of Michigan.

$61,218.00 to $143,639.00 Per Year-- depending on years of experience and budget
Occasional travel within the district will be required. Limited travel outside the district, such as to the court of appeals, is likely.
Application Process: 

There are three ways to apply for this vacancy: You are encouraged to apply online.

Apply online-- .

· Follow this link to USAJobs and complete the application process there:

· Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents, including a Candidate Questionnaire located here     

Apply by email (see below for details) .

· Send a cover letter, resume, the Candidate Questionnaire (located here and writing sample (such as an appellate brief, substantive district court brief or memorandum of points and authorities).

· The writing sample should reflect your own work and not exceed a total of 25 pages.

· Submit the application package by e-mail to:

· Please scan all materials into one .pdf file. List announcement number  on your resume and in the subject line of all emails.

The application package may also be mailed to:

Raphael Trujillo, Human Resources Officer
United States Attorney's Office, WDMI
P.O. Box 208
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501-0208

*You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. However, should you not be able to apply online, please contact Western District of Michigan at (616) 808-2080 or email at, prior to the closing date of this announcement.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated December 19, 2018

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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